We’re in the age of the internet and Axel Arigato is reveling in it by selling their brand exclusively online. Designer Axel wanted to stay anonymous, Axel started the company with two partners. While axel designs in Paris, the company is based in Sweden. The brand has every style of shoe for the stylish man; sneakers, espadrilles and loafers. The cutting edge pieces has an effortless vibe about them, made with luxury materials. The high-end mens shoe brand pieces can makes any outfit, like their suede slip ons and pony hair chukkas. The styles go from sleek to stand-outs. Axel Arigato is about creating quality footwear to the consumer at an active speed. A new style is launched each week. Check out some of my faves from the brand below.
Air Max Day is a global celebration of the running revolution initiated by Nike back since their Air Max 1 in 1987. This year the RIME Crew decided to have a little celebration of our own in honor of one of the greatest sneakers in the game. To attend the event, only Air Max’s were allowed, we wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to debut his or her favorite pair. The event came together with Rime owner Sue and female sneaker collector, Jixie (@kixiejixie on IG and Twitter). We all had a good time-sharing what our favorite Air Max is over a few cocktails. Our intern Jossy compared her Air Max Thea’s to walking on air, she paired them with a grey hoodie dress and a green parka jacket, perfect for spring.
It’s spring, and with a change of the seasons comes the time to change our wardrobes. But sometimes there just seems to not be very much time in the day to go shopping. An alternative, if we don’t have a personal assistant to fetch what we need, is to hit the inter webs. With any and everything you can find online, from books to nipple clamps, the benefits of shopping online are; you can do it on your own time, or when you cant leave the office you find yourself perusing shops online. There are no pesky sales people. You don’t have to make on a whim purchasing decisions, leave the items in a cart think about it overnight then return to either purchase or remove. Online shopping gives a sense of serenity, you’re doing it from the comfort of your seat in front of a computer screen. Almost every store offers the exact same items as the tangible shops. Businesses are aware of the need to have an online experience and consumers understand the benefits. While there are set backs, such as the shirt listed as medium but shows up and fits like a small. This is just a minor one when most online shops offers free returns. Another benefit to online shopping is the wider selection of items. We as consumers are able to purchase items from around the globe, things we aren’t able to get in the cities where we live, ultimately giving us a one up on the local fashionistas, everyone loves having a piece that someone else doesn’t. Whether you’re shopping online or in-store, its all shopping. But the convenience of smartphones has made the experience much different, for those socially awkward, I hate humans personalities, online shopping has given them—us, because sometimes I just cant be bothered with human interaction—an easy way out. The online shopping experience is fun, as quick as you’d like it to be, and easy without overwhelming complexities.
I miss setting the clock forward when day light savings happens, because our phones handle that for us. The days now see longer, which means more sun in the day, and the plus is that we get to were a cool pair of sunnies, even if its in the office on Monday mornings hungover from the weekend. Choosing sunglasses can be a tough task. Below are some vital principles in making the perfect sunnies purchase.
For those who like their sunnies with a lot of personality, there are unusual shapes and color combos.
These snow leopard frames by Australian company Valley Eyewear are great for all year. Great shape, stand out color and great mirrored lenses.
Then there are options for those that are willing to splurge.
The Dior So Real sunnies have been seen on every fashion forward celeb, but the cool design makes it hard to get bored of them.
This super stylish, and super expensive, take on the classic aviator shape by The Row shows that the Olsen twins know how to do luxury. They have the right amount of tortoise and gold accents.
And the classics. The sleek shapes, in black. Perfect for chic work parties or standout street wear.
These Stella McCartney sunnies have a nice flat, cat eyed, oversized shape. Great take on three chic shapes.
Here is valley Eyewear agin, with the Wolves model in leather. Although you might think; why leather on sunglasses for hot summer days? Because they’re sunglasses wrapped in full leather, who cares if you’re sweating from the bridge of your nose.
Happy spring sunnies shopping.
Recently designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana made some comments opposing gay adoptions and IVF treatments in an interview. The comments from Dolce were, “You are born to be a mother or a father. Or at least that’s how it should be. I call chemistry, synthetic children. Rented wombs, semen chosen from a catalog.” Elton John immediately sounded off on the design duo, calling their comments archaic and slamming them for calling his children synthetic. Other celebs like Ellen and wife Portia de Rossi called the comments ignorant. Madonna, who has starred in the brand’s campaigns, said, ” We are arrogant to think Man does anything on his own. As above so below! Think before you speak.” Which is more than likely referred to Dolce and Gabbana”s Catholic ideals. Although the comments have been said to be lost in translation, because they were for an Italian magazine, the duo released a statement standing by the interview. Other celebs like Ricky Martin and Victoria Beckham have rallied behind Elton John’s stance with boycotting the brand, but one celeb has called the boycotting “the stupidest thing”. Zoe Saldana said that the comments by the designers are their own opinions and said it wouldn’t stop her from wearing the brand’s clothes, ”People are allowed to their own opinion, however, I wouldn’t have chosen to be so public about something that’s such a personal thing.” But one wonders how she would react if it was a comment that was closer to home for her, like a comment about multicultural actresses. There is value to her point about opinions and freedom of speech, but for a brand such as Dolce and Gabbana, they should be more aware of the remarks they make because their liability rests on the public. They should have been a bit more mindful about how their remarks would be viewed, because their comments/opinions were discriminatory. Sometimes, not every opinion a person has needs to be expressed.
This week Complex ran a piece on women being ignored in the sneaker culture. Rime’s owner Susan is quoted through out the article, but there are other perspectives on the lack of sneakers available to women. Sneaker culture is dominated by males. They’re the ones who spend most of the money on sneakers, therefore brands cater to them while ignoring the female clientele. These brands are doing themselves a disservice. Females are all about their footwear, whether it’s sneakers or Louboutins. Women are willing to spend their money on footwear that they are interested in. So why aren’t these brands making the hottest, latest sneakers in female sizes? Instead they dumb down the product by making them girly. The article goes into more depth on the struggles of a female sneaker head. Check it out here.
The Harlem born raptress was shot by Ellen Von Unwerth, the photos are just as good as the interview. The 23 year old has never been shy from voicing her opinion. If you follow her on twitter you know what I mean. There is also that very honest and emotional interview with Hot 97 late last year, if you haven’t listened or viewed it, do so now. Many might call her controversial, but she is a girl with opinions and beliefs coupled with an immense amount of fearlessness. In the Playboy interview Banks talks about past relationships. She talks about a relationship with a 42 year old man while she was 17 and blatantly says “There’s something very wrong with a man that age who wants to date a 17-year-old girl.” Then discusses how she didn’t even know how to shave her bush, perfect Playboy talk. She talks about her upbringing, America and race without any filter. Which is quite refreshing, many celebrities fear to discuss such subjects because it might affect their sales as an artist. Azealia is confident in her rants, that what she has to say is important enough for everyone to hear. The way she talks about history specifically black history shows she is smart and aware; “The history textbooks in the U.S. are the worst if you’re not white. “The white man gave you the vote. He Christianized you and taught you how to speak English. If it weren’t for him, you’d still be living in a hut.” I could write a book about why black people shouldn’t be Christians. Young black kids should have their own special curriculum that doesn’t start from the boat ride over from Africa. All you know as a black kid is we came over here on a boat, we didn’t have anything, and we still don’t have anything. But what was happening in Africa? What culture were we pulled away from? That information is vital to the survival of a young black soul.” That quote is thoughtful, provocative yes, but smart. You can also tell the pain that she feels for any young person not fully aware of their ancestry “…vital to the survival of a young black soul.” With all the issues of race in the spotlight lately, these words should be highlighted for everyone.
After the dreadful winter New York has seen, we’re all looking forward to spring. Mother Nature has showed her good spirits the past couple of days, giving us lovely sunny soaked days. Which made me break the denim jackets out of storage. Denim will always be around, and designers will always find a way to update and reinvent with the iconic fabric. This spring on the runways there was denim in variations to cater to any individual style—from shredded, patchwork, high waisted and even dresses. Everyone wants and needs denim in their closets and designers are aware of this. There’s been a while since there’s been so many diverse denim looks on the runways. Some of the faves are below.
Laced audio has created a product for the music loving sneaker head. Their Bred 11 Ear Budz has miniature Playoff 11 outside of each bud. The earphones also come housed in a miniature sneaker box. They’re a perfect gift for the co worker you don’t really know. But it’s their birthday and you’ve noticed that they’re a sneaker head. Available at rime.
Broad City is the hilarious sister to Girls, while Ackee & Saltfish is like their quirky even more hilarious sister. The web series was inspired by the short film by the same name written by Cecile Emeke. The comedy explores the everyday relationship between two friends. It captures the small randomness that follows two friends living in London, and is heightened by their comedic banter with each other. The two friends find themselves in awkward situations, like being trapped in a carpet store because its raining and neither have an umbrella, they have a good time anyway, because they have each other. Ackee & Saltfish is a series of vignettes about the beauty of friendship— a single camera exploration of female friendship with dialogue heavy scenes that takes the viewer beyond the confines of the set. This premise may not be a new one, but the shows wit is so fresh that I really want to not compare it to the previously mentioned shows in this post, but the show’s conversation is what sets it apart from the others. The chats between these two friends gives life to the ordinary activities. It references pop culture to heighten the more existential crisis of each episode. With lines like “The baby committed assault and I’m very upset no one sees it that way because he’s a baby.” Why wouldn’t you want to watch. Check out a glimpse of the series below.